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Mental Health Notes


A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.


To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to Submissions may be edited for publication. All submissions are subject to approval, and CMHA Ontario reserves the right to refuse any submission at its sole discretion.

September 17, 2015 Healing trauma through a First Nation lens

There is emerging evidence that traumatic experiences are often linked to mental health and addictions issues, and that trauma-informed approaches can help those who are impacted.

September 17, 2015 Supporting high quality early psychosis intervention in Ontario

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released the Ontario Early Psychosis Intervention Program Standards in 2011 to ensure that early psychosis intervention (EPI) programs provide consistent, high-quality services. Two surveys were conducted to learn about current program practices across the province in relation to the standards. The first looked at the results with respect to standards 1-6. The second survey focused on standards 7-13.

September 17, 2015 Effects of cannabis use during adolescence

Join a free webinar for nurses and other healthcare professionals: “The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence.”

September 17, 2015 Webinar on using data to inform program planning and policy

The CAMH Monitor is the longest ongoing survey of substance use and mental health among adults in Canada. Take part in a free webinar, featuring provincial partners who have used the CAMH Monitor data to inform programming, planning and policy.

September 17, 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day encourages reaching out to save lives

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015Policy makers, advocates, researchers and clinicians came together on September 10 for World Suicide Prevention Day, calling on the public to help make suicide a thing of the past.

September 17, 2015 Caregivers invited to participate in new survey

The Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN) has launched a new online survey to better understand the experience of caregivers across Ontario. The aim of the survey is to learn about the benefits and challenges of caregiving. This information will help inform health care decision-making in Ontario, with the goal of improving caregiver supports and services.

August 13, 2015 CMHA National Employment Project receives federal funding

Canadian Mental Health Associations in 13 cities will receive $10 million over the next three years to aid individuals with mental health issues to find and maintain employment.


August 13, 2015 Action Plan Released for Ontario Community Hubs

Action PlanThe Community Hub Framework Advisory Group has released a report to guide the development of community hubs. The report, Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, is the first step towards bringing services together.

August 13, 2015 New funding for small hospitals

Ontario is investing more than $7 million in small hospitals, including many rural hospitals, to improve care for patients closer to home.

August 13, 2015 Local Employment Planning Councils: Call for Proposals

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has released a Call for Proposals to identify organizations, or groups of organizations working in partnership, to pilot Local Employment Planning Councils (LEPCs).  This is a major initiative under the Ministry’s Employment and Training Services Initiative (ETSI).